Anna Yaroslavna: A monument to "granny of 30 kings" inaugurated in Kyiv

20:01 Nov. 10, 2016

A monument to "granny of 30 kings" inaugurated in Kyiv

Inaugurating the monument to Anna Yaroslavna, November 10, 2016. Kyiv, Ukraine (UATODAY/Emil Durov)

A statue of Kyivan Rus princess Anna Yaroslavna, the wife of French king Henry I, is unveiled in Kyiv center

A monument to Anna Yaroslavna has been revealed on Lviv square in the Ukrainian capital. The sculptors are Kostyantyn Skretutsky and Fedir Balandin. French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabel Dumon, as well as ambassadors of Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, Norway, Georgia, were present at the event.

Anna Yaroslavna was the daughter of Grand Kyivan prince Yaroslav the Wise and his second wife Ingegerd Olofsdotter of Sweden. She was smart and well-educated.608xXIn 1048, the princess left Kyivan Rus forever and went to France, where she married the French king Henri I.

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In France, she was called Agnes. Queen Anna could ride a horse, was knowledgeable in politics, and actively participated in governing France.Besides, she was a member of the royal council.

Watch more Zaporizhia region says 'goodbye' to their last Lenin monument

Anna Yaroslavna is often called a grand-grandmother of 30 European kings. All subsequent French kings were her progeny.

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